Handel: Overtures (CD)

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John Kitchen

John Kitchen (1755 Kirkman Harpsichord from the Raymond Russell Collection)

Handel's overtures had an independent life almost from their inception and the practice of performing them on keyboard instruments has a similarly long pedigree, beginning with a number of transcriptions made by the composer himself. Keyboard specialist John Kitchen virtuosically evokes Handel's orchestral palette in the welter of timbres and colours which he summons forth from Jacob Kirckman's 1755 harpsichord, a classic instrument from the very apex of the English harpsichord-building tradition.

"His playing is exemplary" Early Music Review, February 2009

"John Kitchen's stylishly played recording, made on a 1755 Kirckman harpsichord, brings together eight well-chosen transcriptions. The music is universally glorious, yet the inclusion of the Suites in A and G is welcome relief - we hear the harpsichord as its more intimate, lyrical self."